More Zucchini Love: Stuffed Zucchinis

September 9, 2010

Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

This weekend it didn’t take me too long to figure out what to do with all of the zucchini that came in. “Stuffed zucchini!” I declared and went off to the store to procure the ingredients I would need.

I forget how I happened upon this original recipe from Giada de Laurentiis for stuffed zucchini and bell peppers, but I’m glad I did because it introduced me to the world of stuffing vegetables besides peppers.

I’ve made both her version (slightly adapted*) and a vegetarian, mushroom-stuffed version because I had some left over portobello mushrooms. I loved both, so they’re both in my repertoire now. Get the recipe for my mushroom-stuffed version below. (more…)


Quick tip: Prepping Ginger

September 8, 2010

Prepping Ginger

If you want to make things really easy on yourself, prep your ginger in advance. When you get home from the store, use a spoon to scrape the skin off of the ginger. This removes only the peel, without wasting the meat of the root (note: it works best with really fresh ginger; if your ginger is a bit older, you might still need to break out the paring knife). Then, pop the root into a freezer bag, label it “ginger” (because you’ll get it confused with horseradish later on), and stick it in the freezer. Now when your recipe calls for grated ginger, bust out the microplane, grab your ginger from the freezer, and zest away. Soooo much easier than mincing by hand with a knife!